Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin / Edition 1

Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin / Edition 1

by James Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520231309

ISBN-13: 9780520231306

Pub. Date: 01/29/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

James Baldwin was one of America's finest and most influential writers. By the time he died in 1987, his books, such as The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Giovanni's Room, had become modern classics.

James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death. For this book, he interviewed many of Baldwin's friends and examined

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James Baldwin was one of America's finest and most influential writers. By the time he died in 1987, his books, such as The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It on the Mountain, and Giovanni's Room, had become modern classics.

James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years before Baldwin's death. For this book, he interviewed many of Baldwin's friends and examined several hundred pages of correspondence. He quotes from the vast and disturbing file that the FBI compiled on Baldwin and he discusses Baldwin's sometimes turbulent relationships with Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Marlon Brando, as well as his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Elegantly written, candid, and original, Talking at the Gates is a comprehensive account of the life and work of a writer who believed that "the unexamined life is not worth living."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520231306
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/29/2002
Edition description:
First Edition, With a New Afterword
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Author's Note
Acknowledgements

I. No Story, Ma
II. Lord, I ain't No Stranger Now
III. A Severe Cross
IV. Tear This Building Down
V. The Price of the Beat

Afterward to the 2002 Edition
Abbreviations Used in Notes
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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